Mind-Blowing 3D Paintings by Keng Lye

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Mind-Blowing 3D Paintings by Keng Lye

Mind-Blowing 3D Paintings by Keng Lye

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 08:01 AM PDT

You won’t believe your eyes. The goldfish you see below is a still sculpture, made from cold resin and painted with acrylic paint. The sculpture is made by Singapore-based artist cum magician, Keng Lye, who captures aquatic animals in artistic, lifelike moments, that will truly boggle your mind. Take note that all of the following images you will see actually painted on a flat surface!

alive without life
(Image Source: Kenglye)

Inspired by Riusuke Fukahori, Keng Lye managed to come up with his own unique variation that challenges your visual sense of reality. Believe it or not, let your eyes be the judge.

A Box of Life. This is not a case of overcrowding of fish. They are fake so don’t go starting a petition. The 3D effect here is amazing but it ain’t a problem for Keng Lye.

a box of life

Swimming Fish. This cute little goldfish is actually painted on a flast surface, despite havin ga shadow of its own. No secondary mediums were used. No 3D software or digital manipulation involved. You can start wow-ing now.

swimming fish

Little Fish. Seems like the fish will pop out of the water at any second!

little fish

Fish Pond. Place this on your living room’s table and enjoy watching visitors try to feed the fish.

fish pond

Fighting Fish. It just needs 2 layers of resin to achieve the liveliness of this beautiful fighting fish.

fighting fish

Terrapin. To achieve the effect, the turtle’s feet are painted on a first layer of resin, then the body is painted on a second layer.


A Bucket of Life. For this bucket of fishes, it requires 10 layers of resin, and patience of course.

a bucket of life

Alive Without Breath. The second series, such as this breathtaking work, is actually completed with additional elements like seeds, pebbles or egg shells, giving the work more depth and sense of reality.

alive without breath

Please don’t eat me! It’s amazing to see how incorporating pebbles can result in more persuasive 3D effects; the same trick could be done on multiple layers of resin too.

please don't eat me!

Turtles. Unlike most 3D illusions, you can view this work and still get the 3D effect from any angle. One more reason to like Keng Lye’s works.


Which work showcased above tricked your eyes? Share your thoughts in the comment and your love for such beautiful artistic work!


10 Android Apps For Faster App-Switching

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 06:01 AM PDT

We do so much on our phones that multitasking across multiple apps becomes a must. Whether it is switching from one app to another, or accessing Android settings quickly and painlessly, if you do it often enough, you will learn to appreciate shortcuts. Even the latest iOS offering by Apple has introduced faster access (swipe up) to settings, straight from the homescreen.

Of course most of you would be able to long-press on the Home button to pull up a list of recently used apps but to make the most of it, you probably need an app that lets you switch between apps seamlessly.

In this post, we’ve pulled together a mini-compilation of free and cool Android multitasking apps to help you reach your favourite apps, shortcuts, settings or even organize your apps quite easily. Swipe in sidebars, cut pies, notification bars, and even an interface that resembles the Mac Dock with these multitasking apps. Next thing you know, you’ll be wondering how you ever functioned all this while without one.

1. Swapps

Swapps will appear at the side of your screen through a swipe from the edge, showing your most recently opened apps. Nothing special there, however Swapps also lets you customize the swipe area by size and also lets you mark special apps (starred) to keep them at the top of the pile all the time. The notification bar can also be made see-through so it won’t cover your line of sight.


2. SwipePad

With a drag of the finger from the edge of your screen, you can pull up a pad of your favorite apps. SwipePad, or Hyperspace Launcher allows you to pull up not only your favorite apps but also bookmarks, shortcuts, contacts and even widgets all from within your very own custom pad. It’s also battery- and RAM-friendly.


3. Notification Toggle

Here’s a notifcation bar editor, known as Notification Toggle. By selecting settings you want to put into the notification bar, you can skip going back to the homescreen and access your settings straight from a notification pull out. You can also add apps of your choice into the notification bar too.

Notification Toggle

4. 1Tap QuickBar

Your notification drop-down bar can actually allow you to do more than just change your Android settings. With 1Tap QuickBar app, you can add app shortcuts, direct-call someone, launch a browser, and have fast access to your media (plus 50+ more built in tasks) to the task bar and run them with just 1 tap. You can also customize the quick bar in terms of text, background and colors.

1Tap QuickBar

5. Smart Taskbar

Here’s another one that functions in a mini sidebar, giving you easy access to your apps (5 spots in free version, 10 spots in Pro version) or customized tasks (direct-call). It also helps you organize your apps according to labels, manage and uninstall them quickly (with long touch).

Smart Taskbar

6. HomeFlip

Press the Home button once to run HomeFlip and press it again to return to your home screen. Alternatively, you can also activate it via swiping gestures. You have the option to list your favourite apps or recent ones, as well as get support for themes and custom fonts, all without having to view ads.


7. Smart Task Switcher

Don’t want to overwork your Home button? You can use a floating icon to access this app switcher instead. From there, access your favorite apps or recently used apps. To kill an app, just long press the app.

Smart Task Switcher

8. Dock4Droid

Dock4Droid is quite similar to Swapps but will probably remind you more of the Mac dock. Activate it from the side of your screen to get to your app list, contacts and shortcuts. It is fast and beautifully rendered to a degree, making it easier for you to multitask at ease. You can pay to unlock the app and get more than 4 slots for your apps and shortcuts.


9. Pie Control

For those who have rooted their Android and installed a custom ROM from the Paranoid Android team, you might know about their ‘PIE’ feature. Well, it’s now available for everyone at the Play Store, even if you are not using their ROMs. Drag it in from the edge of the screen to start it up and you will see a cut-pie view of apps, tasks or tools you can launch right away.

Pie Control

10. Sidebar

Sidebar is a fast, fluid and customizable overlay for the Android screen. It brings up your favourite apps and your Android settings with just a swipe on the left of your screen. It has minimal effect on battery life and also consumes only a small part of RAM usage as well. You can choose to enable it on boot.


Know of any multitasking apps you want to introduce to everyone? Let us know in the comments.


25 Websites with Scrollspy Navigation for Your Inspiration

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 03:01 AM PDT

Today we are seeing a rise in websites that apply something called Scrollspy Navigation. Web navigation traditionally direct visitors from one page to another one. But with the Srollspy Navigation, instead of directing visitors to different pages, it will scroll to each section while still on the same page. The menu based on the scrolling position will be automatically highlighted to show the visitors where they are currently on.

scrollspy navigation

You will probably like to adopt Scrollspy navigation if you have not much information to share, or if you have only one page to share with your readers. So, in this post, I have collected some of the most compelling and creative applications of this type of navigation that I can find. The feature has also been magnified in each example to make it more noticable.

Hopefully, these could inspire you to apply Scrollspy navigation on your own websites in even more creative ways.

Ian James Cox

Grind Spaces

Tag Creative Studio



Make Shift

Level Up

Switch Company

We Heart Designers


Buchholzer Catering

Wild Blue Tech


Rey + Naranjo

My Provence Festival

Browser Awareness Day

Premium Draught

Kinder Fotografie

You Decide

Team Geek

Thilo Tamm

Bond Cars

Christopher Ware

Idea Kites

William Dady




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